Ethiopian-Israeli Activists Plan to Continue Protesting Netanyahu Government’s Failure to Bring More Ethiopian Jews to Israel

Ethiopian Israeli protestors demonstrate in Tel Aviv against the shooting of 19-year-old Solomon Tekah and what they say is systemic police brutality, July 2, 2019. (Hadas Parush/ Flash90)

Ethiopian-Israeli activists are planning to return to demonstrations this Wednesday to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence on Balfour street in Jerusalem.

The protests are being staged in frustration over what activists claim are broken promises, and lack of action in bringing more Ethiopian Jews to Israel, according to a press from the umbrella organization Activists for the Upliftment of Ethiopian Jews.

The demonstration comes on the fifth anniversary of what they claim is the Netanyahu government’s failure to abide by the decision to bring a cohort of Ethiopian Jews awaiting immigration to Israel from Addis Ababa and Gondar, on 15 November, 2020. The protestors claim that the government and its leaders have abandoned their families, with added urgency due to continuing violence and war in the Tigray region.

The organization noted that some 2,000 Ethiopian Jews who have remained in Israel have already been approved for immigration, building the community to 165,000 people.

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SOURCE: The Jerusalem Post, Cody Levine

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